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Peer-assisted learning (PAL)

Are you interested in integrating peer support into your 2020/21 programmes?

Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) is an excellent way to nurture a closer departmental learning community at a time when a sense of community can be hard to come by. A PAL scheme can be conducted online or in face-to-face settings.

PAL schemes can increase student involvement in their own learning, provide a valuable challenge for upper year students and enrich the department community by encouraging active engagement in learning across boundaries.

What is PAL?

In PAL, trained upper year students (PAL leaders) facilitate small collaborative study groups of lower-year peers, meeting in weekly non-compulsory sessions.

Sessions focus on content from lectures or recommended reading; discussion, comparing notes, clarifying, analysing, critiquing and questioning. Sessions also include integrated study skills activities to develop learning strategies.

Participants and leaders benefit from consolidating their knowledge and gaining deeper conceptual understanding.

How can the PAL team help?

To support a PAL scheme, we can provide:

  • presentations and information about PAL for staff and student group.
  • consultations about the logistics of establishing a robust PAL scheme.
  • training for PAL Leaders to lead face-to-face or online discussion sessions.
  • training on using Collaborate to manage PAL sessions online.
  • initial close support until your PAL scheme is established.
  • support with the evaluation of the PAL scheme.

Would you like to know more?

Contact the PAL team for more information and to start your PAL scheme: pal-enquiries@york.ac.uk